Plum tree for £4.99

kristine015kristine015 Northern Ireland Belfast UKPosts: 66
so today I went to B&M, I was looking to buy some baby stuff for my sister who is due in June.
Well to my surprise they were selling Plum trees, Apple trees, Pear trees and Cherry trees!! Of all places I never thought B&M would sell fruit trees!! I looked at the price and to my surprise it’s only £4.99! Talk about luck eh? I’ve been meaning to buy plum tree and been researching online for a while and there it was at B&M store. Really made me happy. Didn’t think twice and grabbed the last Victoria Plum tree. There was Opal plum there but my previous research told me Victoria plum is a much better option.
 I did think about buying the cherry tree. But decided not to as my hubby might think I’m obsessed with planting fruit trees as I already have 2 apples and a pear tree and 3 newly planted blueberries. LOL. 
Just need to find the perfect spot for the plum tree. 

So anyway it looks like a healthy plum tree, already has some leaf on it and the root is very healty. The only thing I am wondering is the tag that says “Plum Tree Prunus Domestica ‘Victoria ‘ ZP, b3 - 
the ZP,b3 is that related to the plum or just a code for the shop? 
I’ll attach some photos for everyone to see. 
Thank you so much for reading ^_^ and being patient lol I just got so excited 


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  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,057
    ZP b3 is a Plant Passport Code. Loosely speaking it means your tree is an approved plant.

    See -

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/663856/plant-passports-protected-zones-0118.pdf

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,022
    edited March 2018
    Not sure what the ZP means but P3 means pollination group 3:
    https://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/pollinationchecker.aspx?v=1255

    Those codes look like they come from Provender Nurseries so looking around their site may come up with something.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • kristine015kristine015 Northern Ireland Belfast UKPosts: 66
    Thank you guys for all the help. :) makes more sense. Makes it even better its in group3 so its self fertile 
    Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -A. Einstein 
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 15,273
    Don’t let that long, fresh, green shoot get anywhere near a frost or you will have a short, dead, black shoot instead.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • kristine015kristine015 Northern Ireland Belfast UKPosts: 66
    pansyface said:
    Don’t let that long, fresh, green shoot get anywhere near a frost or you will have a short, dead, black shoot instead.

    I think I will hold out planting till after next week. We are supposed to get bad weather for the next couple of days. Thanks for the information. 
    Btw do I just leave the long green shoot to grow? Or what should I do with it? 
    Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -A. Einstein 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,323
    edited March 2018
    The long green shoot at the bottom looks as if it may be a sucker from below the graft ... I would get rid of it  quickly ... grasp firmly and yank it downwards to tear out the bud it grew from if at all possible.  

    Otherwise I can't see a problem ... the top growth looks fine but as Pansy says, watch out for frost as the tree has probably been in a sheltered spot and the new growth will be tender.  
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  • kristine015kristine015 Northern Ireland Belfast UKPosts: 66
    The long green shoot at the bottom looks as if it may be a sucker from below the graft ... I would get rid of it  quickly ... grasp firmly and yank it downwards to tear out the bud it grew from if at all possible.  

    Otherwise I can't see a problem ... the top growth looks fine but as Pansy says, watch out for frost as the tree has probably been in a sheltered spot and the new growth will be tender.  
    This really helps thanks so much ^_^
    Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -A. Einstein 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,622
    Get it in the ground or a large bucket of soil as soon as possible. It is late in the season for planting bare root plants, and I suspect any peat packed around it will drop off pretty easy.
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  • kristine015kristine015 Northern Ireland Belfast UKPosts: 66
    Should I plant the plum tree in a pot today and leave it in the shed for replanting next week? What you think? 
    Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -A. Einstein 
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